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security structures and connect their country? it is not and i don't want you to take away from this that i am a polly ana, that it's easy and that a they did it with no -- and that they did it with no problems. if you read the book, you will find they encountered problems every day; small problems, big problems. in fact, the first commander when i went in to begin this project, the special ops general that was then in charge of it -- and he's actually back there now, general scott miller -- he said, he just shook his head like the weight of the world was on his shoulder, and he said there are problems every day. every day. and i will tell you about some of those problems, but i also want to tell you about what worked. and in regards to what worked, you know, people are very pessimistic about the future of afghanistan, and i actually think the afghans are probably going to surprise us all with their will and ability to defend their country. they will just probably to it more if their own way than an american-style way. and where i think in this program had the most impact included a couple
proof so i don't want to be taken at with a pollyanna either. with a small continuing advisory presence -- and i want is a to y advisory with some and desist because if we just leave a small element of the special ops to do counterterrorism that is not going to hold it together in my personal opinion. because that will not have confidence to the afghans and support these afghans that are out there and willing to do the main job of securing their territory. as you can see i am pivoting a little bit more to the broader policy implications. what does this mean for the future of the special operations and for their use elsewhere? i do not believe that the u.s. is going to be putting 52 special ops teams in any country anytime soon. so, the number one thing is we will not see an operation of this scale, including nato, east european, some middle eastern d. were almost 15,000 special operators in afghanistan, which is a huge number. that also includes the aviators and all of their support elements you need so that was an enormous special office footprint in afghanistan. i do though think tha
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